PHOTO GALLERY - Caythorpe Dash runners battle ice and mud

More than 170 people took part in the fourth running of the Caythorpe Dash, a half marathon event for individuals and teams of four (two men, two women).

The race started at Caythorpe playing field and followed a course through Stubton, Gelston and Hough-on-the-Hill before returning to Caythorpe.

Caythorpe Canter EMN-150213-111510001

Caythorpe Canter EMN-150213-111510001

The competitors had to endure temperatures of below freezing, as well as very muddy, slippery conditions following the rain and snow during the week before the event. It was especially tricky negotiating the various wooden stiles along the course.

There were a few falls, cuts and bruises but all competitors finished the run.

Winners of the team prize were Activ 8 from Doncaster with a total time of six hours 49 minutes 12 seconds. The team members were Mick Tupman (1:36:39), Jessica Dobson (1:59:48), Becky Jane (1:45:23) and Dean Watson (1:27:22). Runners up were Louth AC, in a total time 7:23:56, with Sleaford Striders third in 7:32:15.

The male individual winner and overall winner was Adam Holland of the Newark based NOTFAST club. His time of 1:25:48, saw him finish more than a minute and a half in front of runner up Dean Watson from Doncaster. Dan Staite from Ely was third in 1:30:41.

The female individual winner was Becky Jane from Doncaster’s Activ 8 team. She crossed the line nearly a minute clear of Louth AC’s Kerry Stainton, who was second in 1:46:20, and home runner Ellie Pocock from Caythorpe was third with a time of 1:49:06.

The Caythorpe Canter, a 13 or 26 mile challenge for walkers and runners of all abilities takes place on April 11.